Mel Gibson sheds 14 kg
September 28 , 2018
Mel Gibson sheds 14 kg thanks to Guildford based health coach Sam Jackson.
Imagine having a meal at a restaurant and realising actor Mel Gibson is seated at the table next to you. He then initiates a conversation, you get along famously and you end up swapping phone numbers. While it sounds like a scene from a Hollywood movie, this happened to Guildford-based health coach Sam Jackson.
Her chance meeting with the star occurred on a business trip with her husband where they dined with friends at the Intercontinental hotel in Sydney’s Double Bay. Over the past eight weeks she has been coaching the Mad Max star and is responsible for his staggering 14 kg weight loss.
“We were just having dinner, he was seated at the table next to us and we just struck up a conversation because he was on his own,” Jackson, 45, told AAA Weekend. "We all got talking and he started saying how he has this belly he can’t get rid of and I said ‘Give me eight weeks with you, I’ll get rid of it’.”
It was a risky promise to make to the 62-year-old, whose 1995 film Braveheart amassed $US210 million at the box office, but it paid off. “I told him I’d teach him how to eat properly, and coach him through it,” she said. “He said he already eats properly and I challenged him that he doesn’t.”
Thinking she would never hear from him again, three days later she received a text message reading: “So what are you going to do about my gut?” They have been in contact every day since. “I wrote him a meal plan, and an exercise program,” she said. “We talk easily 30-50 times a day on SMS regardless of what time zone he’s in and we Facetime a couple of times a week. “It’s been really full-on. We are working on maintenance and his next goal, which is building more muscle.”
Jackson is a former corporate high-flyer who held several senior executive positions at HBF, Bupa and the Commonwealth Bank, but retrained as a nutritionist four years ago.
“No one as big as Mel Gibson,” she said. “This is kind of the mecca for me, when you consider who he has access to. Not in a million years I thought he’d take me up on it. He hadn’t tried any celebrity trainers, but tried all sorts of diets; from intermittent fasting, the zone diet, eating low-carb and no-carb and keto — nothing’s worked.”
She said while Gibson did not have a particular weakness, she educated him around portion control. “In the beginning he was a little sceptical,” she said. “He was questioning me on things; he’s a very educated and intelligent man and he likes to know why. “He sent me a message one day and said ‘Holy s... my pants are loose’.”
Jackson is now sharing the secret to Gibson’s success and he has sung her praises on a promotional video. “He said in his entire career he’s never endorsed any person,” she said. “But he said I’m so happy with what you have done to me, I’m prepared to do this for you."
“It’s a specific macro-nutrient balance that balances his blood sugar during the day; which allows his insulin to be level — so if there’s no insulin spike then your blood sugar is balanced and your body won’t store fat, it actually releases it.”
Even though the A-lister has dealt with several controversies in the past, Jackson said he was a “laugh a minute” and the two shared a great working relationship. “He didn’t chuck any tantrums at all; he was so compliant,” she said.